Ford Mustang Mach-E confirms range: slightly short of Kia Niro EV

27 Nov

The American brand’s electric crossover production started a few weeks ago.

The first independent electric car of the brand was the Ford Mustang Mach-E (“green” versions created on the basis of gasoline models do not count). Recall that “Mach” in the name is a reference to the name of one of the most powerful modifications of a sports car (produced in the 70s of the XX century), and “E” indicates that the car belongs to electric cars.

The presentation of the novelty took place just over a year ago as part of a special event in Los Angeles. The SUV has a coupe-like body, a plug instead of a radiator grill, on which the trademark of a classic Mustang is visible, and it is also located at the rear of the car (there is no Ford “blue oval” on the car).

Mustang Mach-E has LED headlights, panoramic roof, recognizable lights, made in the style of a sports car. There are no traditional handles on the doors: they have been replaced by buttons on the pillars (the driver or passenger needs to press them to open the doors and protrude slightly out of the openings). Ford Mustang Mach 1: 487-horsepower V8 and grille in the style of the first “charged” Mustang

In the interior of the electro cross there are two displays: in front of the driver’s eyes there is a virtual “tidy” with a diagonal of 10.2 inches, and in the center of the front panel is a vertically oriented touchscreen of a multimedia system with a diagonal of 15.5 inches. Physical buttons are found only on the steering wheel and on the doors. The equipment list includes the Co-Pilot360 complex, which includes adaptive cruise control, emergency braking systems, automatic headlight switching, keeping in the lane and monitoring blind spots.

During the presentation, Ford spoke about the “stuffing” of the Mustang Mach-E. The car is offered with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, as well as with two battery options with a capacity of 75.7 and 98.8 kWh. The return of the installation in the initial version is 259 hp, the maximum torque for the rear-wheel drive cross is 414 Nm, for the all-wheel drive – 565 Nm. They only need a battery with a smaller capacity. On a single charge, a SUV with RWD will travel 370 km, and the AWD version – 338 km (the calculation was carried out according to the American EPA cycle). The medium versions have a range of 483 and 435 km, respectively. The top version with a 465-horsepower system covers 402 km without recharging. The latest from Ken Block is called “Hoonifox” and it is an eighties Ford Mustang

The company has now confirmed EPA-certified range figures. The test was done without surprises: the electric crossover in its basic version (with rear-wheel drive and with a smaller battery) is indeed capable of driving 370 km without recharging. This result is slightly higher than the Nissan Leaf Plus (364 km), but still falls short of the Kia Niro EV (385 km).

Judging by the EPA, the range of the all-wheel drive basic version is even slightly higher than the announced value: 340 km instead of the promised 338 km. For medium performances, everything remains the same. The richest variant, the GT, will hit the market next year, with no information on its real ERA range yet.

Due to the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, the start of production of the Mustang Mach-E was delayed. Despite this, earlier the company noted that the first buyers will receive their cars by the end of the year anyway. A couple of weeks ago, the electric car was still put into production. Recall that the model comes off the assembly line of the company’s plant located in Cuautitlan (Mexico). The starting price tag of the “green” crossover is $ 42,895.